Stockwood Park served up seven sparkling tries, in an emphatic win over Rushden and Higham at London Road. Rushden took an early lead following up a kick ahead in the first attack of the game but thereafter gained the initiative and started to dominate possession and territory with Jack Brooks, Will Varnals and Dominic Barnes to the fore. They took the lead in the 8th minute when No 8 Ben Griffin drove over from short range, Brandon Lewsey converting, and improved that with two more tries. Frank Daly and Will Standring both benefited from breaks by Harry Bishop and Kyran Ryan and fine support play from the forwards, to finish off flowing moves in the corner and extend the lead to 21-8 at the interval.
After the break, they stretched their lead further through tries from the rumbustious Will Bennett and veteran James Hankey. The visitors fought back gamely with two tries of their own, but Park finished with a flourish, a fine individual effort by scrum half Alex Lovell and an opportunist effort from Jack Wharton. Lewsey completed the scoring with his 7th conversion to finish with a 100 per cent record in a fine 49-23 victory. Skipper Tom Childs declared himself happy with the victory, commenting ‘it was important to bounce back after the defeat last week brought our winning run to an end. As long as we continue to work hard in training we will continue to grow and finish the season strongly’.
Park’s next league encounter is away to Daventry on March 2nd.